Hilltop Farm Announces Chris Hickey's Departure
Hilltop Farm and Jane MacElree share the news that Chris Hickey, Hilltop’s Director of Training for the past seven years, will not be returning to Hilltop Farm upon the conclusion of the Florida season. “Chris has done a wonderful job in developing the horses in competition,” says Jane. “I’ve had a lot of fun supporting him at shows in both the US and Europe and am proud of what he’s accomplished with my horses.” While riding Hilltop-owned horses, Chris has won three USEF National Championships, a Reserve USEF National Championship, Gold and Silver Medals in the Wellington Nations Cup, and five USDF Horse of the Year titles. “I appreciate all that Chris has done for me and the farm and I wish him the best in his future endeavors,” says Jane.
Chris commented, “I’m very proud to have worked for Jane and I know how lucky I was to have the opportunity to work for her! She’s an amazing horse woman. I wish her, Hilltop Farm, and the wonderful staff, the best for the future.”
The role of developing Hilltop’s horses in sport, including the stallions Qredit and Sternlicht, will belong now to Michael Bragdell who has been at Hilltop Farm since 1995. “Michael’s an incredibly talented rider who really enjoys training and showing the stallions,” says Hilltop’s General Manager, Natalie DiBerardinis. “Jane’s enthusiasm and support for Hilltop are as strong as ever.”
Jane MacElree and Hilltop Farm are excited to announce their purchase of the recently licensed, three-year old Hanoverian stallion Sternlicht GGF (Soliman de Hus-Rascalino). The charismatic black stallion was bred by Rachel Ehrlich of Massachusetts and is the second stallion from her well-established breeding program to be approved by the American Hanoverian Society.
This weekend Michael Bragdell headed down to the CBLM Championships & VADA Fall Show in Lexington, VA. Balissa HTF (Bugatti-Contucci) tied for 1st in her Third Level Test 1 on Friday with a 66.184% and improved her score in Saturday’s Third Level Championship with a 67%.
Hilltop Articles & Interviews
The dramatic view at Hilltop Farm is as beautiful as its magnificent horses, but the facility's scenic side in a relatively rural section of Maryland is just one of the many things that make it unique, the word most often used by people describing this one-of-a-kind property.
Whether you are learning about showing your horse in hand or just looking for some tips, this excerpt from the 2015 USDF Sport Horse Breeders/Handlers Seminar is for you – Showing Sport Horses In Hand with Michael Bragdell.